Information about the 11+ (updated May 2016)
Wirral has a range of selective and non-selective Secondary schools. The selected schools administer entrance examinations. Four of the grammar schools use Wirral's co-ordinated entrance examination (11+) as their admissions examination. The examinations are developed with Durham University and CEM assessment. The exam is designed to reflect children's school based learning and be tutor resistant. They do include elements of non verbal reasoning, verbal reasoning, mathematics and comprehension. These were introduced for September 2016. Prior to that Wirral used GL Verbal Reasoning.
Those schools are:
The timetable for parents considering applying for their children to undertake the grammar school entrance examination is:
31st MAY Deadline for 11+ assessment requests
SEPTEMBER On-line application system goes live
Preference forms and booklets available
12th SEPTEMBER Upton Hall test
19th SEPTEMBER 11+ assessments
23 SEPTEMBER St Anselms test
OCTOBER Independent Assessment Board
21 OCTOBER Results to parents by this date
31 OCTOBER Deadline for preference forms
1 MARCH ALLOCATION DAY
The 11+ assessment request forms are made available each year from the beginning of May for children in Year 5 who will be applying for secondary school places. The form will be available from the Wirral Council's admissions portal from May onwards. Assessment request forms are for parents who want their child to take the 11+ assessment in September. Forms need to be returned to Wirral Local Authority by 31st May.
There are other selective schools in Wirral that administer their own admission examinations and processes. They are:
for 2014 examination dates for these schools are:
Upton Hall 12th September 2016
St Anselms 23rd September 2016
Birkenhead High School Academy is usually in November.
We support children and families with the admission process for grammar schools. We do this through:
- Parents information meeting in MAy.
- Providing children with free Year 5 booster sessions in the Summer Term of Year 5.
- Being a test centre for the 11+ practice and actual examinations.
The attached power point provides some more information and guidance for families.
We have also attached:
- An example paper from another borough. Remember that the format will change very year.
- Letter from CEM regarding tests.
- Wirral Council's Familiarisation booklet (we will work through this at school).